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Grading New York's Public Schools

May 05, 2008

Gotham Gazette image by Ya-Hsuan Huang In the six years since Mayor Michael Bloomberg won control of the city's public schools, installed Joel Klein as chancellor and instituted sweeping changes, teachers,


Time Out for Phys Ed

Mar 05, 2008

Image courtesy of Susan NYC / Susan. For many, physical education class meant enduring the pain of a dodge ball to the gut or the dread of being picked last


Preventing Cuts in Education

Feb 25, 2008

As chair of the Assembly's Cities Committee, I'm both deeply concerned and deeply immersed in how Gov. Eliot Spitzer's proposed budget will affect New York City. Although I am a


A Battle Brews Over Who Controls the Schools

Feb 19, 2008

Kelly J. Brownlee/Gotham Gazette It is a tale of two systems. In one, students in orderly classes eagerly learn language arts and math as teachers, equipped with the latest data, tailor the


The Crackdown on New York City Students

Feb 11, 2008

.pullquote { font-size:24px; font-style: oblique; padding: 10px; background: #FFF; color: #005676; display: box; float: left; width: 30%; } Graphic (c) xandert/ Dawn Turner and Vivek Chugh. Last month, a 5-year-old kindergarten student in a Queens public school threw a temper tantrum.


Investing in Higher Education

Jan 14, 2008

Arriving in America at the age of 13 from Macau, Benny Lee knew that education was the best chance he would have for a bright future in his newly adopted


Stated Meeting: Columbia Gets Approval

Dec 26, 2007

Most of us make New Year's resolutions or at least we attempt to. We hear them recited over and over by friends, family and in our own heads: "I


Report Cards Flunk the Clarity Test

Nov 26, 2007

Many city parents reacted with puzzlement, rather than celebration or disappointment, when they saw the newly released school report cards. Instead of taking the grades at


Greening City Schoolyards

Nov 13, 2007

To many New York City kids, it is part of life in the city. Hold a basketball in one hand, hang on with the other and clamber over a